If you have been blessed with a talent, why not share it for money? You can teach exercise classes, swimming, how to play an instrument, dancing, singing, and cooking. Classes can be held at the client’s homes or as an adult learning course at the community college or local vocational school.
If you excel at certain subjects, tutor high school kids or tutor your classmates. For instance, you would ease the stress of many students who have papers due, by helping them edit and organize their term papers. Advertise your business on social media, on Craigslist, and in the school paper.
If you are great with hair and makeup, and usually help your friends, you can parlay this into paid work.
Your talent may be writing. Writing is a job that will always be in demand, as it is time consuming and tedious for most people to do on their own. A content writer writes for people that own websites or for businesses that supply content to websites. Writing for the web is different than writing for offline magazines, college papers or newspapers. Articles are formatted in smaller paragraphs with sub-titles for easier reading. Most topics are based on a specific keyword that the client requests. Places to find work are these websites: Fiverr, Iwriter, Upwork, Write.com, and Constant Content. You can also search Google for “write for us”.
A fundamental rule of business is to buy low and sell high. The trick is to find a steady flow of inventory. Inexpensive sources are yard sales and thrift stores. Resell items on Facebook, eBay, Craigslist or Amazon. Things that sell well on Facebook yard sale pages are baby clothes, toys, furniture, and phones. When you get good at flipping, you can offer to sell for others and take a commission. By the way, beat your competition by offering to accept credit cards through an app on your phone.
If your major is Computer Science, then you should be working in that field. Even if your current courses are not teaching what you need, you can find free classes online that teach how to build apps and how to program. Once you have marketable skills, you can put your profile online. There are many freelance website job portals that have people looking for online programmers and website developers. Try Dice.com, Sologig.com, and Flexjobs.com.
Besides working for others, you can work for yourself by creating and selling Apps and Websites. Flip these on Flippa, eBay, and ITunes. You can also refurbish laptops and sell them, teach people how to use their technology, repair computers for people, and set up computers in people’s homes.
If you are majoring on the creative side of technology such as in graphic art, then you can work online designing eBook covers, company logos, catalog and brochure art, video animation, book illustration, product packaging, and website, Facebook or Twitter headers. Those who are proficient with Photoshop can place their art on t shirts, cups, jewelry, and more. Check out Zazzle or Sunfrog to do that.
As you can see, if you have talents that set you apart, you don’t have to necessarily work in a traditional college job at the mall, unless you want to. If you can start your own part-time business, you will learn a great deal about people, customer service, creativity, sales, marketing, and what you are worth. Furthermore, you can set your own hours and your own pay,